SALEM AREA EVENTS January 18
Englewood Park to see new trees, shrubs after MLK day planting
Volunteers will plant more than 200 native trees and shrubs in the northeast Salem park on Monday.
COURTS January 17
What a Supreme Court ruling could mean for contested energy projects
The Oregon Supreme Court allowed energy siting rules that conservation groups say hurt public involvement and will greenlight questionable projects.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 17
Inmate walks off work site near Pringle Park
Update: The inmate has been brought back into custody, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Corrections.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT January 17
Neighbors unsettled over plans to turn Pringle Hall into emergency homeless shelter
Concerns echoed for nearly 90 minutes by neighbors of the community hall. Some worried outright about crime and property damage. Many teetered between compassion for homeless residents and frustration with city leaders.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 17
Judge reverses secretary of state, allows Oregon energy measures to move ahead
Marion County Circuit Judge David Leith’s decision overturns secretary of state action and means proposed ballot measures do not violate Oregon’s single-subject rule. Secretary of State Bev Clarno had stopped clean energy measures.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 16
Salem dance group performs suspended in air
Beyond Limits Aerial Dance is a group of classically trained dancers that take their talents onto devices that rise 10 feet in the air. The group recently performed at TEDx Salem.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 16
Oregon sues Trump administration to protect food help for 21,000 Oregonians
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined other attorneys general in going to federal court to stop a move to reduce food stamp eligibility. Oregon officials say some of the state's neediest residents would be cut off.
HIGHER EDUCATION January 16
Willamette University has a new major: public health
Students are "banging down the doors" to get into Willamette's first intro to public health class, offered this spring. It's so popular professors have raised the class size to 50 students.
OREGON SCHOOLS January 16
Thousands of online charter students won't get new Oregon schools money
Online charter schools, which serve about 13,000 Oregon students, can't apply for grants from the largest piece of the state's $2 billion education spending package.
OREGON LEGISLATURE January 16
As Democrats resurrect carbon bill, Republicans leave all options on the table — including another walkout
Democrats say they've made concessions to get Republicans on board to no avail.
Legislature January 16
Proposal that would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or face penalties has first hearing
Proponents say it will reduce gun deaths and injuries. Opponents have already turned out.
MARION COUNTY GOVERNMENT January 16
Marion County prepares a Plan B for handling local garbage
A report yet to be finalized suggests Marion County could turn the Brooks site into a way station if current operations cease, or it could take over trash burning operations. County officials say the latter is unlikely.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 15
McKay students stand up for the arts in lighthearted 80s rock musical
“Rock of Ages” follows the high school cast as it fights against developers trying to destroy the Sunset Strip.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 15
New exhibit explores memory, origins through oil paintings
John Oberdorf’s exhibit “ArcheoSpaces,” is one of three that will be on display after a reception Friday at the Bush Barn Annex.
Democratic Party January 15
In a nod to its base, the Democratic Party of Oregon recognizes staff union
The unionization of the party's staff follows similar moves by labor-friendly campaigns elsewhere.
OREGON EDUCATION January 15
After school programs out of reach for 200,000 Oregon kids
Across the state, parents report after school programs are too expensive, full or simply not available - even though research and surveys show they help kids in school.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT January 15
Courtney gets treatment for hip injury, misses Capitol duty
Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, is getting care at a Portland hospital this week for a hip injury. He is expected to recover in time to preside over the Senate's legislative session in February.
SCHOOL BOARD January 14
Hallman, Myers students surprise Salem-Keizer school board members with colorful portraits
"He looks way better than me!" school board vice chair Jesse Lippold said of his portrait by a local elementary school student.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 14
AGENDA: Sheriff’s Office contracts heading before Marion County Commissioners
One contract would pay the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to patrol state parks. The other pays a Salem business to make uniforms and supply gear for the agency.
SALEM AREA EVENTS January 14
CTEC students show off artistic side during fashion show
Each of the trades at the school pitched into to help create an astrology-themed fashion show that boasts drones, cupcakes and moon suits.
HEALTH CARE January 14
Salem Health CEO hops in backhoe to kick off hospital expansion
In 1896, a group of Salem citizens started the city's first hospital with two nurses, a medical student, a janitor and $752. Now, Salem's largest private employer is getting bigger.
HOMELESSNESS January 13
Salem officials considering turning Pringle Hall into temporary homeless shelter
Salem City Council plans to take emergency action in the coming weeks to add shelter beds. Besides turning Pringle Hall into a shelter, councilors also want to add beds to a women's shelter.
PUBLIC SAFETY January 13
Suspected shoplifter gets tackled, bitten during Fred Meyer arrest
Salem police used a K9 to arrest the armed suspect at an east Salem Fred Meyer. Staff at the grocery store identified him as a suspected thief and called police.
Legislature January 13
State Rep. Paul Evans officially files for re-election
The three-term Democrat hints at another challenging election.
HOMELESSNESS January 13
Salem eyes Eugene's car camping program, with some differences
In two years living in his van, Doug Pendleton said it's often hard to find a place to park for the night. A program being considered by Salem could make it easier.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES January 13
Isaac’s Coffee, Wine & Dessert Celebrates its first Birthday
Hundreds of people were served during the coffee shop's anniversary Saturday and a glass of Isaac's Ale was toasted to its success.
SALEM WEATHER January 13
Snow in Salem? We’ll see.
Weather forecasts are predicting less than a half inch of snow in Salem Tuesday, but changing temperatures could make the Willamette Valley more “showery” than snowy.
YOUR GOVERNMENT, YOUR BUSINESS January 13
AGENDA: Apartment building tax exemption, Student Success update on tap for Salem-Keizer school board
A community task force is a month away from delivering school board members a plan for spending $36 million in new state money. Board members will hear updates Tuesday.